Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tanker's Tuesday : M51 Sherman


The M51 Sherman

By 1961 the Israeli ordered the new and more powerful French 105 mm Modèle F1 gun. However due to their lenght, these were modified for the use in Shermans, the barrel was reduced from 56 caliber to 44 and equipped with a muzzle brake while ammunition was altered to use a smaller cartridge. However the nature of the conversions, also based on Cummins M4A1s were married with modified M4(76) turrets. By 1965 the new tanks named officially M51 Sherman but also “Super Sherman” and the “Isherman” (or Israeli Sherman) was revealed to the public in a Independence Day ceremony in 1965. 180 Shermans were so converted. By this time M50/51 constituted the bulk of the Israeli tank force, prior to obtain the British Centurion.

M51 Sherman

M50 Super Sherman

M 51 Sherman

M51 Super Sherman in action at Santa Fe event 2010 .wmv

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Old Men Of The Mountain

From the February 1983 addition  of Heavy Metal,
this has been the source and inspiration for a few
games over the years and quite a few static displays...)


OFFICIAL - GZG: TWENTY PACKS of new 15mm releases almost ready!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tanker's Tuesday : Unique Human 15mm SCI FI Army ( Khurasan Super Heavy Tank)

Khurasan Miniatures Huge tracked tank with four final drives,
very large main armament, two CIDS gatling guns on the turret,
and posable hatches for optional  crewmen. Going to pick up
the three tank platoon.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

1:72 Scale Metal Diecast – Stridsvagn 103

1:72 Scale Metal Diecast – Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103) -  Length: 4.75" (from end of vehicle to tip of the main gun)   Width: 1.5”
This S-Tank model has a main body made of metal. The tracks are made of rubber and are fitted, however they do not move. The coloring and markings are accurate and realistic.
The maker of the model, Eaglemoss, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp. These models have different details engraved such as doors, hatches, panels, lights, ports, antennas, machine guns, ropes, shovels, etc; all of these done with high accuracy and proportion. When they are painted in different color, say for example, shovels and ropes, they are indeed painted accurately.

These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack. The packaging is very minimum, the blister back is just big enough to enclose the vehicle and the cardboard backing to which the blister is attached is barely bigger than the lengths and width dimension of the vehicle.

Although these models are inexpensive and just about the size of a (regular) computer mouse, they are certainly not toys. The tracks don't move and the turrets and their main guns and machine guns can be quite fragile because of their size. However, unlike airplanes and helicopters, tank models don't have all those think and long parts, so in practice,  a tank model would be able to withstand more than an airplane or helicopter model.
The Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103), also known as the S-Tank, was a Swedish post-warmain battle tank.[4] It was known for its unconventional, casemate design: it was turretless with a fixed gun traversed by engaging the tracks and elevated by adjusting the hull suspension. While turretless armoured fighting vehicles are usually classified as assault guns or tank destroyers, despite its uniquegun laying process the Strv 103 is considered a tank because its designated combat role matched those of other tanks within contemporary Swedish doctrine. It is the only main battle tank and the only tank of any kind since the World War II era to dispense with a turret.
The Strv 103 was designed and manufactured in Sweden. It was developed in the 1950s and was the first main battle tank to use a turbine engine. The result was a very low-profile design with an emphasis on defence and heightened crew protection level. Strv 103s formed a major portion of the Swedish armoured forces from the 1960s to part of the 1990s, but have since been removed from service in favour of the Stridsvagn 122.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Life & Death on a Tank - Tank Crews Documentary

Tank Building: Swedish Tanks

Published on Aug 18, 2016
Swedish tanks were built with Scandinavian precision. They were expensive, high-quality, and produced in limited quantities. It may seem strange that a country that never fought in the 20th century managed to create their own tank building legacy. That is why we’re shining a spotlight on the story of how the most famous Swedish vehicles, from Landsverk to Strv 103, were created.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The "Red" Brown Water Navy

Just picked up a nice Soviet flotilla at a great price from
chloe20001 on ebay

2 each BK1124/85
2 each BK1124/76
2 each BK1125/76
2 each BK1124/76
2 each BK1125/85